The Charlotte Hornets earned a home victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday evening, holding on to win by a final score of 110-108.
With the win, the Hornets are now 6-14 through their first 20 games.
What went right for the Charlotte Hornets?
Strong night on the backboards
The Hornets grabbed 55 rebounds, tied for their season high. They also had 15 offensive rebounds, tied for their fourth-most this season. Five players had at least six rebounds, led by Mason Plumlee (12) and Kai Jones (12).
Kai Jones had a career night
Kai Jones had the best game of his young career, putting up nine points, 12 rebounds, and one block in 28 minutes of action. The points, rebounds, and minutes are all new career highs for Jones, as he had never surpassed four points, three rebounds, or eight minutes played prior to tonight.
What went wrong for the Charlotte Hornets?
The fourth quarter could have been better
The Hornets were outscored by a 25-19 margin in the final period, as their eight-point lead had been cut to just two by the time the final buzzer sounded. The negative 6 point differential in tonight’s fourth quarter is tied for Charlotte’s third worst through their first 20 fourth quarters played this year.
Free throw shooting was a struggle
The Hornets shot just 22/32 (68.8%) from the free-throw line, tied for their seventh-worst mark in a game this season. The 10 missed free throws are tied for Charlotte’s most in a game this year, as they also missed 10 free throws in an overtime loss to the New York Knicks on October 26th. The Hornets are now shooting 72.9% from the free-throw line for the season, the fourth-worst figure in the league.
What is next for the Charlotte Hornets?
Monday, November 28th- at Boston Celtics (7:30 p.m. ET)